Kayseri Atatürk Stadium disaster

The Kayseri Atatürk Stadium disaster refers to an occurrence of football hooliganism, resulting in 43 deaths and at least 300 injuries (according to newspaper Hürriyet's headline 600), during the football match held on September 17, 1967 between the clubs of Kayserispor and Sivasspor at the Atatürk Stadium of Kayseri in Turkey. It was the worst sports-related violence to occur in Turkey.[1]

Kayseri Atatürk Stadium disaster
DateSeptember 17, 1967 (1967-09-17)
Time16:20 EET (14:20 UTC)
LocationAtatürk Stadium
Kayseri, Turkey
43 dead
at least 300 injured

The violence started following provocation by the Kayserispor fans at half-time, after Kayserispor took the lead in the first half. Supporters of the two teams, some of them armed with bats and knives, began to throw rocks at each other, and fans fleeing the violence caused a stampede in front of the stand exits. The events in the stadium were followed by vandalism in Kayseri and days of riots in Sivas.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "Türkiye'deki futbolun kara tarihi". NTV MSNBC (in Turkish). 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
    English version available at: "Blood is shed since 1959, the foundation of Turkish Football League". Umut Foundation. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
  2. ^ Dilek, Hakan (2003-08-14). "Makus tarihi futbolun". NTV MSNBC Spor (in Turkish). Retrieved 2010-04-18.

Coordinates: 38°43′22.08″N 35°29′48.84″E / 38.7228000°N 35.4969000°E / 38.7228000; 35.4969000